Independent Axioms for Minkowski Space-Time

1st Edition

John W Schutz

Chapman and Hall/CRC
Published October 8, 1997
Reference - 256 Pages
ISBN 9780582317604 - CAT# LM1760
Series: Chapman & Hall/CRC Research Notes in Mathematics Series

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Summary

The primary aim of this monograph is to clarify the undefined primitive concepts and the axioms which form the basis of Einstein's theory of special relativity. Minkowski space-time is developed from a set of independent axioms, stated in terms of a single relation of betweenness. It is shown that all models are isomorphic to the usual coordinate model, and the axioms are consistent relative to the reals.

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